Well here’s something that’s not so shocking: the recipes found in celebrity chef cookbooks can often be higher in fat, calories,and protein per serving than many packaged foods.
- "Jamie's 30-Minute Meals" by Jamie Oliver
- "Baking Made Easy" by Lorraine Pascale
- "Jamie's Ministry of Food" by Jamie Oliver
- "Kitchen" by Nigella Lawson
- "River Cottage Everyday" by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
- No recipe or ready meal fully complied with the WHO recommendations.
- 18 percent of the ready meals complied with the recommended proportions of energy derived from carbohydrate than the recipes compared to 6 percent of the recipes.
- 83 percent of the ready meals complied with recommended proportion of sugar compared to 81 percent of the recipes.
- 56 percent of the ready meals complied with the recommended fiber density compared to 14 percent of the recipes.
- 36 percent of the recipes complied with the recommended amount of sodium compared to 4 percent of the ready meals.
You can also be choosy about the recipes that you make. All of the cookbooks chosen for the study were celebrity cookbooks. There are plenty of cookbooks out there that focus on healthy foods, cookbooks like "Quinoa Cuisine" and "Your Organic Kitchen."
People who choose to cook from ingredients instead of heating up packaged foods are generally pretty informed about the healthiness of the ingredients they’re using. They should be able to look at a recipe that’s loaded with cheese or sugar or bread and realize the end product will be high in fat, sugar or carbohydrates. The key is to make recipes like that only once in a while and make recipes that are healthier on a regular basis.
So, don’t throw out your cookbooks and your recipes and stock your freezer full of Stouffers. Be smart about what you cook, and when you choose to make a recipe for something like lasagna that’s high in fat and carbohydrates, do it only once in a while and be careful about all the other foods you eat that day.
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